Himmelberg picked for AFL draft combine

David Polkinghorne    Canberra's Harrison Himmelberg is one of the 76 players named on Monday for this year's AFL national draft combine.

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Stars take women's Ashes lead

Ellyse Perry took two wickets with her first eight balls.

Jesse Hogan 7:07 AM   The Southern Stars will go into the pivotal Test of the women's Ashes series with soaring confidence after they again thrashed England in the third one-day match.

A Hull of a journey for Hodgson

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 27:  Josh Hodgson of the Raiders in action during the round 16 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium on June 27, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Ricky Stuart says a chat with former St Helens coach Nathan Brown helped convince him to sign Josh Hodgson.

Haddin call a test for CA's family first edict

In the outer: Brad Haddin.

Daniel Lane   Former Test cricketer Gavin Robertson said Brad Haddin appeared as though he would be the first player to challenge Cricket Australia's admirable "family first" policy.

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Everyone should do Goodes dance: Mifsud

 Adam Goodes

Caroline Wilson 7:46 PM   The AFL's most senior Indigenous official has encouraged Indigenous players from all 18 clubs to perform the war dance made famous by Adam Goodes next weekend to show support.

Swans chairman slams 'racist' boo boys

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Adam Goodes of the Swans looks on during a Sydney Swans AFL training session at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu   Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham says the booing by rival supporters of Adam Goodes is "100 per cent racist", and anyone who allows the jeering to continue is also racist.

Fifita brothers to fight bans over ref abuse

Banned: Brothers David and Andrew Fifita.

Michael Carayannis   Cronulla players Andrew and David Fifita have been stood down from playing after being banned by from Penrith junior league matches for 12 months after abusing junior match officials.

Knights stars on notice after Stone sacked

Tough decision: Knights CEO Matt Gidley addresses the media on Monday with Knights directors Brian McGuigan and John Quayle.

Brett Keeble 10:00 PM   Chief executive Matt Gidley will read the riot act to Knights players at training on Tuesday morning to express his disappointment in their lack of support for sacked coach Rick Stone.

North Queensland thump Eels 46-4 

On the charge: Jason Taumalolo charges into the Parramatta defence.

Tom Decent 9:03 PM   North Queensland were far from their best in the first half, but thumped a depleted Parramatta side by 42 points in Townsville on Monday evening.

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Three Wallabies join Vikings for NRC

Christian Lealiifano.

Three Wallabies will bolster Canberra Vikings coach Brad Harris' National Rugby Championship squad.

Bring on a bouncy pitch, warns Starc

Mitchell Starc and Ned Stark

Chris Barrett   England's request for more life in the pitch for this week's third Ashes Test has been welcomed by one of Australia's fast bowling trio.

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League HQ

Cowboys property deals in spotlight

Johnathan Thurston.

Kate McClymont, Stuart Goodman and Michael Carayannis 7:28 PM   A string of North Queensland players, including star Johnathan Thurston, have purchased land and homes from the club's chairman.

Retaining referees still a major issue in local rugby league ranks

Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale.

Jon Tuxworth 7:04 PM   Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale says the alleged incident where Cronulla players Andrew and David Fifita abused a junior referee is a "wake up call", and it's up to clubs to to send a strong message it isn't acceptable. 

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South Africans question legality of McCaw lineout try

The lineout in question. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw snares the throw to charge over for the touchdown.

9:24 AM   South Africans are questioning the legality of Richie McCaw's sensational lineout try that secured the All Blacks' latest win over the Springboks.

Fijian player in tears after racial taunts

Christchurch's Fijian winger Sake Aca was the target of racial taunts during a Canterbury club rugby final.

Brendon Egan 9:08 AM   A Fijian rugby player racially taunted during Christchurch's senior club final was so distraught he could not finish the match.

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Cricket

Graeme Swann gives it to former teammate Kevin Pietersen with South African impersonation

In happier times: Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann celebrate a Swann wicked in 2011.

Tom Decent 6:40 PM   It is no secret that English cricketers Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen had their differences during their playing career, but the impersonation the former has given of Pietersen is nothing but satirical gold. 

Ian Bell back at No.3 and at home is good news, says Alastair Cook

Moving on up: Despite being badly our of form, Ian Bell will bat at No.3 for England in the third Ashest Test.

Chris Barrett 6:23 PM   The Warwickshire man is in the midst of a very lean patch but the England captain believes he can find his way out of it in the third Test.

AFL

Grigg backs Houli to take kick-outs

The TIgers' Bachar Houli was pilloried for an errant kick-in late in his team's loss to Fremantle.

Ronny Lerner 11:34 AM   Richmond midfielder Shaun Grigg has backed teammate Bachar Houli to continue taking kick-outs despite his catastrophic error in the dying moments of their game against Fremantle at the MCG on Saturday.

Aish to give Lions the finger after surgery?

James Aish looks certain to leave the Lions.

Ronny Lerner 2:35 PM   James Aish may have played his last game for the Brisbane Lions after the youngster was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a finger injury.

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Soccer

Milos Dimitrijevic re-signs for Sydney FC two months after walking out

He's back: After two months of fearing the worst, Sydney FC fans can delight in the knowledge Milos Dimitrijevic has signed a two-year deal with the Sky Blues.

Sebastian Hassett 5:34 PM   Serbian midfielder Milos Dimtrijevic has completed a sensational about-face to re-sign with Sydney FC - barely months after leaving the club following the A-League grand final.

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Cahill wins it for Shenhua

Tim Cahill is in top form.

9:26 AM   Tim Cahill has continued his prolific form with the only goal of the game as in-form Shanghai Shenhua defeated Henan Jianye 1-0 in their Super League clash.

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ACT Sport

Retaining referees still a major issue in local rugby league ranks

Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale.

Jon Tuxworth 7:04 PM   Canberra and District Rugby League referees boss Chris Nightingale says the alleged incident where Cronulla players Andrew and David Fifita abused a junior referee is a "wake up call", and it's up to clubs to to send a strong message it isn't acceptable. 

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Pavlak chasing FFA Cup glory with Hume City

Former Canberra FC midfielder Ivan Pavlak (right) will make his FFA Cup debut for Hume City against the Brisbane Strikers on Wednesday night.

Lee Gaskin 4:17 PM   A broken foot cost him an FFA Cup clash with A-League heavyweights Sydney FC, but former Canberra FC midfielder Ivan Pavlak is aiming to make up for lost time with Hume City.

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Horse Racing

Cobalt cases put racing industry's image in the spotlight

Horses.

Patrick Bartley 5:02 PM   Racing's show-cause hearing puts lawyers and five key trainers squarely in the spotlight.

Racing Victoria to hold open cobalt hearings

Horse racing

Patrick Bartley 3:53 PM   Racing Victoria has allowed hearings for five trainers to be open to the media on Wednesday, when they show cause as to why they shouldn't be stood down over cobalt charges.

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Jetta: 'Fans need to show more respect'

Lewis Jetta, Adam Goodes speak on war dance goal celebration.

Cambage dropped after dodging training

The Basketball star opted to go to music festival Splendour.

Le Tour wraps up on a 'wild and wacky' day

Highlights from the final stage of the Tour de France.

Papalii reported after knocking out Plum

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii is put on report.

NRL: Canberra v Penrith Panthers

The Raiders secured a vital 34-24 win against the Panthers.

John I Dent Cup: Royals v Wests

Royals and Wests clash at Viking Park in the minor semi-final.

Canberra AFL: Gungahlin v Eastlake

Gungahlin and Eastlake clash at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

ACT NPL: Canberra FC v Gungahlin 

Canberra FC take on Gungahlin United at Deakin Stadium.

Reynolds on report for charge down

Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds is penalised and put on report.

Dogs see off a fast finishing Collingwood

The Western Bulldogs withstand a late charge by Collingwood.